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A walk around the Dale Penisula with Steve Drinkwater

On Sunday 14th January some 23 Pembrokeshire Ramblers set out to conquer the Dale Peninsula.  Firstly we traversed muddy fields from Dale across to the delightful bay of West Dale, under cloudy skies.  Then we strolled onwards, following the wild and desolate coast path, via Kete to St Anne’s Head.   Here we admired the former coastguard station, the lighthouse and the two rows of cottages with their historic links.

 After gazing at the wondrous folding seen in the rocks at the Cobbler’s Hole, we strode on to Mill Bay where Henry Tudor landed in 1485 from where he then marched to victory at Bosworth Field.  For our part, we squelched onwards to Watwick Bay where we lunched, then across grassy fields to Castlebeach Bay with its views towards Dale Fort.  

At Castlebeach we turned inland on the new footpath opened up last year by the Friends of the National Park, up through the woods and across to Dale village.  Most were now very thirsty, so retired to the pub at Marloes for lemonade or something stronger!

Text  by Steve Drinkwater and images by Steve Chalkley

Varied walk from Solva with Graham Morgan

In far from ideal walking conditions, 23 ramblers met at Solva Harbour CP on Saturday 20th January for a varied 9 mile walk along the coastal footpath, part of St. David’s airfield and quiet lanes, through woodland and across fields.  

Led by Graham Morgan, the party started out along the quay noting the point at which the Queen disembarked in 1995 on her way to confer city status on St. Davids.  They walked along the coast path towards Nine Wells until they turned right onto the footpath to Llanunwas and headed up to the main road.  Crossing over and passing Llanungar Caravan Park, the airfield was quickly reached but instead of continuing northwards to Wauns  Llechell & Sebon, the walkers encountered heavily waterlogged conditions underfoot so had to divert from the planned walk and headed up to the minor road to Caerfarchell.

Here, the walkers turned right in the direction of Trewellell and their lunch stop where they not only enjoyed some splendid views of the Upper Solva valley but also the antics of a greater-spotted woodpecker in the trees above their heads.  This particular footpath, high above the river, was opened up by the Friends of the National Park in 2007 and it was encouraging, more than a decade later, to see the path still in good order and clearly well used.  

Walking along quiet lanes, the hamlet of Middle Mill was the next port of call.  Turning right and walking up through the wood, the party headed for Whitchurch and the final section of the walk along muddy fields where they encountered a herd of alpacas who looked at the ramblers with studied indifference. Very shortly, they reached the lovely footpath high above the village which offered some magnificent views of the estuary and beyond.  

Thereafter, it was downhill all the way back to the car park and journey’s end.  Much of the walk took place in sunny conditions apart from drizzle at the start and a quite heavy but short shower in the afternoon.  What a bonus that was!!!!

Text and images by Graham Morgan. 1 image by Tony Weakes.